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William N Watson
Number of games in database: 326
Years covered: 1976 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2490 (2492 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2527

Overall record: +108 -94 =121 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B23 B21 B46 B45 B81
 French Defense (24) 
    C15 C05 C10 C16 C03
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C91 C92 C84 C63 C95
 Vienna Opening (18) 
    C26 C28 C27 C25
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B17 B12 B18 B16 B15
 Sicilian Taimanov (13) 
    B46 B45 B47 B48
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B70 B76 B72 B52 B22
 King's Indian (46) 
    E97 E73 E94 E62 E99
 Sicilian Dragon (34) 
    B70 B76 B72 B77 B39
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A41 A45 A46 D01 D02
 English (7) 
    A15 A10
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B17 B11 B12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Burgess vs Watson, 1989 0-1
   Watson vs Meduna, 1992 1-0
   Watson vs J Littlewood, 1991 1-0
   Watson vs M Stangl, 1998 1-0
   Gheorghiu vs Watson, 1980 0-1
   Plaskett vs Watson, 1983 0-1
   Watson vs C P Gawood, 1977 1-0
   J Sloth vs Watson, 1991 0-1
   Watson vs Short, 1983 1-0
   Watson vs T Karolyi Jr., 1986 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   BCF-ch (1983)
   13th North Sea Cup (1988)
   BCF-ch (1984)
   4th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1980)
   BCF-ch (1985)
   BCF-ch (1986)
   BCF-ch (1988)
   BCF-ch (1978)
   8th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1984)
   BCF-ch (1982)
   New York op (1987)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1999)
   Bundesliga 2000/01 (2000)

   🏆 London League
   Watson vs S Conquest (2012) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-18-1962, 59 years old) United Kingdom

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William Nicholas Watson was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1990.

Wikipedia article: William Watson (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-04-18 03:36:54

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 343  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Korchnoi vs Watson  ½-½461976Simul, 30bE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. Korchnoi vs Watson  1-0511976Simul, 30bB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Watson vs C P Gawood 1-0271977British Chess Federation Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Karpov vs Watson  1-0301977Lloyds Bank Junior Clock SimulB32 Sicilian
5. D Werner vs Watson  1-0201978Aaronson MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Watson vs G Ligterink  0-1361978Aaronson MastersB33 Sicilian
7. M Corden vs Watson 1-0571978BCF-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. Watson vs P Motwani  ½-½321978BCF-chC15 French, Winawer
9. M J Freeman vs Watson  0-1361978BCF-chE77 King's Indian
10. Watson vs B Cafferty  ½-½191978BCF-chB32 Sicilian
11. G Bonner vs Watson  0-1311978BCF-chB20 Sicilian
12. Watson vs S Knott  1-0371978BCF-chC15 French, Winawer
13. S Taulbut vs Watson  1-0301978BCF-chB27 Sicilian
14. Watson vs J Horner  1-0641978BCF-chC53 Giuoco Piano
15. S Webb vs Watson  1-0381978BCF-chB27 Sicilian
16. Watson vs A Whiteley  1-0401978BCF-chB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
17. Plaskett vs Watson  1-0511978BCF-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. J Horner vs Watson  0-1361979BCF-chB20 Sicilian
19. A Muir vs Watson  1-02419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE83 King's Indian, Samisch
20. Watson vs L Day  0-1541980BrightonC24 Bishop's Opening
21. Watson vs L Lederman  1-02419804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Gheorghiu vs Watson 0-15019804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE70 King's Indian
23. Watson vs I Wells  1-03419804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA20 English
24. Chandler vs Watson  1-02719804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE70 King's Indian
25. Watson vs R Hartoch  1-04919804th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 343  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-02-04  weary willy: The grandmaster who plays like a "drunk machine gunner" - but I can't remember who said that about Willie. Largely inactive now? What is he doing (and what are Stean, Nunn, Mestel, Speelman doing to earn a crust now?)
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  mahmoudkubba: ANYHOW IS HE SWEDEN, RUSSIAN, OR a USA player or from which country?? Any information on him please??
One another question how to go to find information on a player in the database??
Jun-02-04  ughaibu: He's a Brit.
Oct-13-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: <WW> Last time I saw WNW, he was working in the City of London as a lawyer.
Feb-11-08  katar: According to Wikipedia:
Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun.[1] Nowadays a practicing lawyer, Watson has for many years been inactive as a chess player.
Apr-18-08  brankat: <Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun.>

That's how I play more and more often. Not really suited for educational chess books, but a lot of fun :-)

Happy Birthday Mr.Watson!

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  wordfunph: <Boris Spassky once famously described his style of play as that of a drunk with a machine gun.>

Hope that GM Watson won't get hold of a machine gun and alcohol during games coz it will surely be an interesting game..

Happy Birthday to lawyer GM William Watson..

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  GrahamClayton: A game not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Watson, William Nicholas"]
[Black "Dunworth, Christopher"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 d5 3. e5 ♘e4 4. ♘ce2 f6 5. d3 ♘g5 6. ♗xg5 fxg5 7. h4 g4 8. ♘f4 g6 9. d4 ♗h6 10. ♘d3 ♘a6 11. ♗e2 c5 12. ♗xg4 cxd4 13. h5 ♘c5 14. ♗xc8 ♖xc8 15. ♘f3 ♕a5+ 16. ♔f1 ♘e4 17. hxg6 hxg6 18. ♘xd4 ♔d7 19. g3 ♗e3

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20. ♕g4+ ♔c7 21. ♖xh8 ♖xh8 22. ♘b3 ♕b6 23. fxe3 ♕xe3 24. ♔g2 ♘g5 25. ♖e1 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Alekhine Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 1994

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a quick Watson victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "it"]
[Site "Gijon, France"]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez"]
[Black "William Nicholas Watson"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 g5 4. f3 gxh4 5. fxe4 e5 6. Nf3 Bh6 7. g3 O-O 8. dxe5 Nc6 9. c3 d6 10. exd6 cxd6 11. Nbd2 Be6 12. Nb3 Qb6 13. gxh4 Be3 14. Qd3 Ne5 15. Nxe5 dxe5 0-1

Source: Nick DeFirmian, Modern Chess Openings, 13th Edition, David McKay Company, New York, 1990, p. 448.

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  GrahamClayton: I had a chuckle at Willie's biography here:

Chess was a "mini-career" before his "real" career as a lawyer :-)

Mar-02-12  King Death: Yeah, he really didn't do anything in chess with that mini career. Just a GM. What a fish.

One small note on the site in the game above, Gijon is in Spain not France. It was one of the places where Alekhine played at the end of his life after the French regained their country and I think the French would've considered him persona non grata.

Apr-18-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Watson.
Jul-27-19  BIDMONFA: William Nicholas Watson


Jul-27-19  Granny O Doul: Spassky also used the "drunk machine gunner" description for Igor Ivanov, though maybe in reference to just a single game. Also, it was modified by "In Russia we say...", but so far, he looks like the only one.

I'm not a historian, but it appeared in Chess Life some time in the late 20th century.

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  perfidious: When Spassky referred to Ivanov thus, certainly it could have been taken rather more literally, given the latter's well-known tendencies.

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